An annual £4,000 award for entrepreneurs and pioneers across the UK who are innovating in the fields of radio and software has been announced by QSoft Consulting, owners of Gaydar Radio, UK Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year, and the Radio Academy.
The Gary Frisch Bursary is to celebrate the lifetime achievements of QSoft’s late co-founder Gary Frisch, an acknowledged innovator of software technology systems. It will be awarded annually to an individual who deserves support to help finance or develop their initiative.
Announcing the Bursary at a special event yesterday evening, QSoft Managing Director Henry Badenhorst said: “The hunt is on for an individual who is innovating in the fields of radio and audio software or studio playout systems. Applicants could for example be pioneering in the field of playlist selection, podcasting, or in the advancement of radical new applications for audiences in the new on demand communications world.”
“If an initiative or idea is sound and has real legs then it has every chance of winning and we would encourage people to apply. This Bursary is designed to celebrate and encourage brilliance.”
Trevor Dann, Director of The Radio Academy, said: “The future of radio is innovation, both in content and delivery, and I’m delighted that this bursary will assist a young person working in that vital area where software meets audio.”
Applicants are invited to illustrate and submit their ideas either via two or three specimen web pages, or a CD presentation. Submissions should be supported by one page of written A4 outlining their idea/concept. The closing date for entries is Friday, June 15.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their ideas live to the judging panel on June 26. The winner will be announced at the annual Radio Festival in Cambridge on Tuesday, July 10.
The judging panel, chaired by Trevor Dann, will include Henry Badenhorst, Co-Founder and Managing Director, QSoft Consulting; Robin Crowley, Station Director, Gaydar Radio; Matt Honey, Managing Director, Unique Interactive and Mark Friend, Controller, Multi-Platform & Interactive, BBC Audio & Music.
Full details on how to enter can be found on [link=http://www.gaydarradio.com/bursary]gaydarradio.com/bursary[/link]
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